For The Record: Quick News On Goodie Mob, Redman, Diana Ross, Hanson, U2, Phish, Meg White & More

Outkast‘s Dungeon Family compatriots Goodie Mob will release a new studio album, featuring guest shots from Sleepy Brown and Bone Crusher, in May. The influential group will record without Cee-Lo, who acrimoniously left Goodie Mob to pursue a solo career. Not that there’s any residual animosity — the name of the album is One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show. Cee-Lo, meanwhile, will release his second solo LP, Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine, on March 9. …

Erykah Badu made the rounds at the Grammys this past weekend with a noticeable change in her physical appearance: The singer is pregnant, a rep for Badu confirmed. This will be her second child — she already has a little boy, named Seven, with Andre 3000. … While he’s still in the studio recording the follow-up to 2001′s Malpractice, Redman will give the streets a little taste of his work-in-progress when he drops a new mixtape next week. Ill at Will Volume 1 features about a dozen songs, including two already making the rounds on other DJs’ mixtapes, “I C Dead People” and “Saga Continues.” …

Diana Ross pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday and was sentenced by a judge in Tucson, Arizona, to spend two days in jail. The ex-Supremes frontwoman was arrested in December 2002 after police saw her driving in a lane of oncoming traffic. Her blood-alcohol level registered more than twice the state’s legal limit. Ross must serve her jail time before March 9 and will have to enroll in a treatment center for alcohol abuse by August 9. She will remain on probation for a year and must pay approximately $800 in fines. … U2 have hired Steve Lillywhite to produce their new album. Lillywhite produced the band’s first three LPs and contributed to the production of three others. He quit his job as the joint managing director of Mercury U.K. to take the gig, and he’ll start working on the album next week. …

Mischa Barton isn’t the only star from “The OC” to become a video vamp — her co-star Samaire Armstrong (who plays Anna Stern) is following suit for Hanson‘s next clip, “Penny & Me.” The band shot the video this week with director Chris Applebaum. “Samaire truly embodies the essence of the character we always envisioned for Penny when we first wrote the song,” Taylor Hanson said in a statement. The Oklahoma brothers’ new album, Underneath, is due April 20. … Nick Carter may have a horror film coming up, but his first movie role is going to be as himself. The Backstreet Boy has a cameo in the upcoming made-for-MTV movie “Monster Island,” a send-up of the monster movies of the ’50s and ’60s. “Monster Island,” starring Carmen Electra and Adam West, airs on March 7 at 7 p.m. ET. …

Rapper Freeway gives props to his old neighborhood with his posse Ice City, named for the section in Free’s native Philadelphia where he and groupmates Peedi Crakk, Hydro, Face Money, Bars and Indie 500 grew up. Their debut LP, which features appearances by Beanie Sigel and Joe Budden, is expected to drop in May on Sure Shot Records, the indie label that’s also scheduled to issue a record by Ghostface Killah‘s side project Theodore Unit this summer. … Public Enemy have a busy year ahead of them. The pioneering hip-hop group is expecting to drop two albums in the next 10 months. The first, a soul record titled How You Sell Soul to a Souless People Who Sold Their Soul, is due in late spring or summer, while a more traditional PE album, New Whirl Odor, will follow in the fall. …

Meg White sports a white bunny suit on the cover of Whirlwind Heat‘s import single “Pink,” due February 23. The White Stripes drummer posed for the photo while the two bands were recently touring together in Japan. The B-side of the song, which appeared on Whirlwind Heat’s debut album, Do Rabbits Wonder?, is a cover of the Beck cut “Fume.” Jack White‘s Third Man imprint released Whirlwind Heat’s LP in April. … Seminal goth-pop band the Cure will re-release their first five albums with lots of bonus material in May. Three Imaginary Boys (1979), Boys Don’t Cry (1980), Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982) have all been digitally remastered, and none of the expanded tracks will duplicate songs from their recently released box set, Join the Dots: B-sides and Rarities, 1978-2001. Additional Cure reissues will be released later in the year. …

Phish have lined up three shows in Las Vegas in April. The gigs will run from April 15-17 and will include material spanning the band’s career. … The Beta Band have set a May 4 release date for their third album, Heroes to Zeros. The bandmembers produced the project themselves and enlisted Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) to mix it. …

02.09.2004

Don’t expect to see what happens inside the courtroom for the next hearing in the Michael Jackson case, set for Friday. Judge Rodney Melville rejected a bid to place cameras in the courtroom this past Friday, on the same day prosecutors filed court papers saying they had changed their minds on the subject and now objected to cameras for pretrial hearings. The judge offered no reason for turning down the request, while news organizations had argued in court papers that images of orderly proceedings would counter any images of a circus outside the courthouse. …

Eminem‘s ex-wife, Kim Mathers, was sent to jail without bail on Friday after she admitted to her probation officer that she had recently used cocaine. Mathers, who was sentenced to two years’ probation on January 21 for cocaine possession and driving without a license, tested positive for the drug in a January 29 urine test. She faces up to five years in prison for violating her probation. … The Distillers will launch an 18-city spring tour of North America in support of their latest album, Coral Fang. The five-week trek begins March 12 in Anaheim, California. …

At the NBA All-Star game Sunday in Los Angeles, Nona Gaye will sing along to her father Marvin Gaye‘s famous performance of the national anthem from 1983, the last time the game was played in L.A. Viewers will see Marvin’s performance through a digitally enhanced video. … Metallica have been chosen by the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy to receive a 2004 Governor’s Award for Creative Excellence and Outstanding Achievement. The award will be bestowed upon the headbangers at the Governor’s Awards Gala, a fund-raiser that will take place March 15 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The event will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, formal dinner and awards presentation, which will also pay tribute to Mickey Hart and Chanticleer. …

Southern California hardcore vets Bad Religion are planning to drop their next album, The Empire Strikes First, on June 8. The LP follows the quintet’s 2002 LP, The Process of Belief. … Remixes of hits by Stacie Orrico, Gorillaz, Fischerspooner, Dirty Vegas and the Chemical Brothers featuring K-OS will be featured on the double-disc compilation Freq.beats, due February 24. Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk, BT, David Gahan and the Postal Service are also included. …

New York art-rock trio Blonde Redhead will release their sixth album on March 23. The LP, Misery Is a Butterfly, will be their first since 2000′s Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons. … The Brides of Destruction, featuring Sunset Strip stars of the 1980s Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), will release their debut album, Here Comes the Brides, March 9. …

Southern Rock mainstays Lynyrd Skynyrd started a tour Friday in Everett, Washington, and have dates scheduled through August 28 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The band has a concert album, Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve, scheduled for release in June. … Von Bondies bassist Carrie Smith needed stitches Sunday night after she fell down and smacked her head during a set by Funeral for a Friend at a show in Cardiff, Wales. Smith was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released the same night. Earlier in the night Von Bondies, the Rapture and Franz Ferdinand all performed. …